July 10th, 2010
There is an art to pottering in the garden. When you master this gentle art you will find that pottering can be very therapeutic! Time slows down. You slow down. It can be very relaxing. The first rule of pottering is that there is no rules at all. No lists of work to be done. In fact the very best sort of pottering happens when you just go outside and wander about, doing whatever comes to hand. There should be no timetables, no particular project to complete.
I usually start a day of pottering with what I call ‘the garden walk’. This is different from walking to get somewhere, or the early morning exercise walk. This walk is more of a wander really. You just wander about, and maybe sit down, if a seat is at hand and let your mind drift. You will notice little things that need your attention. Some little job that you might like to do. A weed may need to be pulled out. A rose cut back. Before you know it your garden gloves are on and you are away.
The hours pass and you might find you have got quite a lot done, but it doesn’t matter if you have or not. A day spent pottering is not about ‘getting things done’ it is about time being spent pleasantly. It is about listening to the birds and maybe sitting down and watching them for a while. It is about not just smelling the roses but taking the time to touch their petals. It is about slowing down.